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Monday, December 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm pretty much obsessed with oatmeal cookies right now. Tis the season of baking, and BOY am I BAKING! Mainly these bad boys! They're our favorite. Trust me, they'll be your favorite too once you taste one fresh from the oven with a cold glass of milk. MMMmmm.... HEAVEN!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 c. Apple Sauce
1/2 c. Creamy Peanut Butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

1/4 c. Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 c. Sugar
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1 c. Old Fashioned Oats
3/4 c. Flour
1/2 c. Chocolate Chips

In a large bowl mix with a hand blender or mixer applesauce, peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Add and mix in brown sugar, baking powder, sugar, baking soda. Add oats, flour and chocolate chips. When all well combined, place by rounds on a greased cookie sheet. 

Bake at 350 for 8-10 min. 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Paint much?
We moved into our new home about 3 months ago. I painted my kitchen cabinets 4 days after moving here!  That just goes to show how busy we've been since moving. 
So... 3 months later I'm bringing you one of my favorite painting projects to date!
My awesome Aunt Laura helped me paint my cabinets. She and I went to the paint store in the morning, painted all day, and finished late afternoon! This was done in 1 day! IT WAS AWESOME! I was so worried I would have to wait for the paint to dry, put another coat on, then wax, then distress making it a 4 day project! IT WASN'T! ONLY 1 day! Start to finish!

Annie Sloan- you're my hero!

-Prepare your floors with drop cloths, tarps, old sheets, 
anything to keep from the paint falling on your floors. 

-Tape around the cabinets and appliances. 
It was then I was introduced to FROG TAPE. It is the BEST painters tape I've ever used! A little more expensive but TOTALLY worth it! It kept a PERFECT line! 

-Remove the cabinets.

 -Paint 2 coats of chalk paint.
No sanding required!
The chalk paint drys fast so its a quick 2 coats.
This is where it was SO nice to have 2 people or more helping, someone works on the doors while you work on the cabinets, or vice versa. 

-Clear wax
Rub on the clear wax with the Annie Sloan Brush then pass it off to the person buffing!

-Buff clear wax
(my aunt Laura had an industrial 10 in. buffer that was AWESOME and SO FAST!
She would brush the wax in front of me and I would come behind her with the buffer, it was great! We were a well oiled machine by the time we were done!)

-Rub Brown "distress oil/paint" in the molding of the cabinets. 

-Place cabinets doors back onto your cabinets!


For the whole kitchen I used 1 1/2 cans of 
Chateau Grey (the soft sagy green by Annie Sloan)
and 3/4 can of her clear wax. 

Total spending on the project was about $100.00

$100 dollars for a practically new kitchen? THAT'S CHEAP!


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Nativity Advent Calendar

This advent calendar starts a little later than the usual 25 days of Christmas because I don't have 25 pieces to my nativity!
This was an idea I had last year to keep Christ is Christmas. We open up a piece of the nativity every day until Christmas Eve, and that's when we open Jesus. We talk about each person and their role in that special event. This kept the true spirit of Christmas in our home. I know it will in yours too.

Take a nativity- ceramic, wooden, plastic, glass whatever you have and wrap each piece.
 Number each package. 
Open each package according to the numbers and enjoy the Christmas story over and over again.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

"EXTRA Excited" VT Idea

Need a quick handout to take to the ladies you Visit Teach? How about this?!
Fast and easy; just gum, tape and a tag.

Type and print out your tag that reads:

I know this is 
But I'm 
Excited to Visit Teach you!


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Monday, December 1, 2014

BLT Salad

Need a quick light salad? How about a BLT Salad? Everything you love about the sandwich in a salad! This is thrown together in a matter of minutes and enjoyed by all! Light, fast and fresh! YUMM...

BLT Salad
5-6 c. Chopped Romaine Lettuce
8-10 Slices of Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1-2 c. Cherry Tomatoes halved or whole
4 T. Olive Oil
*1-2 tsp. Salt
*1/2-1 tsp. Pepper
(optional -1 c. seasoned croutons)

*Salt and Pepper to taste, the bacon adds an extra salty flavor, so don't go too crazy with the salt.  

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss and serve! This salad lets the flavors of the ingredients stand out. It's is a great light salad for soup and salad nights! 

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